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WTA Eastbourne: Wozniacki recovers from a set down, Bouchard retires from third round match

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TENNIS – Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down to edge Svetlana Kuznetsova with 6-7(3) 6-3 6-1. Daria Gavrilova beat Sara Errani 6-1 5-7 6-2. Eugenie Bouchard pulled out from her third round match against Belinda Bencic Diego Sampaolo

 

Wozniacki, who won the Eastbourne in 2009, raced to a 5-1 lead but Kuznetsova recovered by reeling off five of the next six games to force a tie-break after saving a set point in the 12th game. Kuznetsova earned six break points in the tie-break and sealed her fourth opportunity with an ace for 7-3. Wozniacki fought back breaking serve in the third game for 2-1 to clinch the second set 6-3. In the third set Wozniacki broke at the start of the start of the third set and pulled away to a 5-1 lead but did not look back this time and clinched the win in the third set with 6-1. It was their 10th head-to-head match. Wozniacki leads 6-4

In the quarter finals Wozniacki will face Andrea Petkovic who beat Coco Wandeweghe 6-3 6-4

“I was 5-1 up in the first set, so when I was 5-1 up in the third set I was thinking to myself that I really couldn’t repeat what happened earlier. I served bette ras the match went on and tried to hit the ball a little earlier. We have played each other many times. She has had a good few years and I am just excited to be in the quarters,” said Wozniacki.

Eugenie Bouchard was forced to withdraw from her third round match against Beinda Bencic due to an abdominal injury as the Canadian player was losing 4-6 0-3

“I kept trying and trying. It was hard for me to put a serve in just because it was hard to put a serve in, just because I felt that pain a little bit. I am going to play at Wimbledon even if I am on one leg.It wasn’t smart  to take a risk and be potentially out for a long time,” said Bouchard

Daria Gavrilova overcame Sara Errani 6-1 5-7 6-2 in two hours and 12 minutes. After Gavrilova swept aside Errani in the first set, Errani got an early break and raced to 5-2 in the second set but the Australian player of Russian origin reeled off three games and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Errani held her serve and won the final two games to take the second set with 7-5 but Gavrilova

Gavrilova made a breakthrough earlier this year when she beat Maria Sharapova in Miami  She beat Ana Ivanovic in Rome in the third set tie-break on her 8th match point

Bencic will face wildcard Johanna Konta from Great Britain who edged Garbine Muguruza 6-4 4-6 6-3 following up with her win over Ekaterina Makarova. Konta broke Muguruza in the second game of the opening set and pulled away to 5-2. Muguruza broke back to claw her way back to 4-5. Konta broke again to clinch the first set with 6-4.

Muguruza broke in the first game of the second set before saving four break points to take a 3-1 lead en route to winning the second set. Konta broke serve in the fourth game of the third set to pull away to 5-1. Muguruza won the next two games for 3-5 but Konta took the ninth game to seal the win.

Agniewska Radwanska, winner in Eastbourne in 2008, cruised past Karolina Pliskova with 6-2 6-1 in 56 minutes. Tsvetana Pironkova rallied from a set down to edge Dominika Cibulkova 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 after a spectacular match. Pironkova went down a set and a break. At 5-3 in the second set Pironkova was broken back but she broke at the end of a very long game forcing the match to the third set. Pironkova cruised to 6-1 to clinch the win.

Sloane Stephens beat Heather Watson 6-2 6-3. Stephens went up a double break after the first two service games. The US player converted on her second match point to clinch the second set with 6-3.

Petra Kvitova was also forced to withdraw on Monday because of illness.

ATP 250 Nottingham: Bolelli sets up quarter final with Baghdatis

Italian Simone Bolelli rallied from a set down to edge Adrian Mannarino 3-6 6-4 6-4 at the ATP 250 in Nottingham scoring his third win this week after beating Go Soeda and Martin Klizan in the first two rounds.

Both players held serve in the first three games of the opening set. In the fourth game Bolelli converted his third break point opportunity to take a 3-1 lead. Mannarino fought back breaking serve three times to win five consecutive games en route to winning the first set with 6-3.

Bolelli held his serve to love in the opening game of the second set before earning two break points in the next game but Mannarino saved them with his serve and his forehand. Bolelli broke serve in the seventh game at deuce. He held his serve in his next two service games.

The decisive set went on serve until the fifth game when Bolelli got the break. He held his serve after a hard-fought game at 4-3. In the 10th game he closed out the third set with 6-4 holding his serve to 15

Bolelli will face Marcos Baghdatis for the third time in his career (the Italian leads 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Baghdatis). The Cypriot beat Aleksander Zverev 6-3 6-3.

One day after a three-hour marathon match against Marcel Granollers in which he saved three match points, Giles Simon cruised to winning Joao Sousa 6-4 6-1 setting up a quarter final against Sam Querrey who battled past Pablo Cuevas after two tie-breaks with 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3).

Another match which was decided by two tie-breaks was won by Leo Mayer over Jiry Vesely with 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5)  Mayer will take on Denis Istomin who beat Sergiy Stakhovskiy 7-5 6-4.

Yen Hsun Lu beat number 3 seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Aleksander Dolgopolov who defeated Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-3

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Novak Djokovic Confirmed For Olympics But Del Potro Pulls Out After Medical Advice

The Serbian will be bidding to win gold in Tokyo later this year for the first time in his career.

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This year’s Olympic tennis tournament has been given a boost after officials confirmed world No.1 Novak Djokovic will be playing at the Games.

 

The 19-time Grand Slam champion had been contemplating whether to play at the event or not amid ongoing COVID-19 conditions. Djokovic previously said he would reconsider travelling to Tokyo if fans weren’t allowed to attend. Since that comment, organisers have given the green light for up to 10,000 domestic fans to attend Olympic venues. Although foreign fans are banned from attending this year due to the pandemic.

Amid questions over Djokovic’s participation, the Serbian Tennis Federation has told Sportski Zurnal that he has pledged to play. It will be the fourth time the 34-year-old has represented his country in the Olympics. So far in his career, Djokovic has only won one medal which was bronze back in 2008. He also finished fourth in 2012.

“Novak has confirmed his desire to participate in the Olympic Games and we have already sent a list with his name on it to the Olympic Committee of Serbia. It will be forwarded from there,” the Tennis federation told Sportski Zurnal.

As it currently stands Djokovic is on course to achieve the calendar ‘golden slam.’ A rare achievement where a player wins all four Grand Slam titles, as well as the Olympics, within the same year. In singles competition the only person to have ever achieved this was Stefi Graf back in 1988.

“Everything is possible, and I did put myself in a good position to go for the Golden Slam,” Djokovic said after winning the French Open
“But, you know, I was in this position in 2016 as well. It ended up in a third-round loss in Wimbledon. This year we have only two weeks between the first round of Wimbledon and the finals here, which is not ideal because you go from really two completely different surfaces, trying to make that transition as smooth as possible, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“So obviously I will enjoy this win and then think about Wimbledon in a few days’ time. I don’t have an issue to say that I’m going for the title in Wimbledon. Of course, I am.”

Del Potro’s comeback delayed again

There is less positive news for Juan Martin del Potro, who was the player who beat Djokovic to win a bronze medal back in 2012. The Argentine hasn’t played a competitive match on the Tour since June 2019 due to a troublesome knee injury. Back in March the former US Open champion said playing at the Olympics again was motivating him during his rehabilitation.

However, since then progress has been slower than what Del Potro would have liked. As a result, he has been advised not to play in the event and continue his recovery.

Delpo won’t be able to play the Olympics Games. The knee rehab is going well according to the doctor’s plan but he suggested Juan Martin to go on with his rehab process and training, and skip Tokyo 2020,” a statement from Del Potro’s communication team reads.

Since 2010, the former world No.3 and two-time Olympic medallist has undergone eight surgeries.One on his right wrist, three on his left wrist and four on his knee. He has won a total of 22 ATP titles so far in his career.

The Olympic Tennis event will start on July 24th at the Ariake Coliseum.

RELATED STORY: Why Are So Many Tennis Players Skipping The Olympics?

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Vasek Pospisil dispatches James Ward in Eastbourne

Vasek Pospisil is into the second round at Eastbourne.

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The Canadian won his first match on grass of the year beating the local favourite James Ward.

 

Vasek Pospisil is through to the second round of the Viking International ATP 250 in Eastbourne after beating the Brit James Ward in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 13 minutes on court number two.

“It was a good match, I played pretty well, I thought I served well and he is a tough opponent on grass because he has a tough first serve but I was pretty sharp and played well when I needed to and happy to get the win”.

It was the Canadian who had the first chance to break at 1-1 and he got the early break and that one break was good enough for him to serve out the first set.

The second set was much of the same and actually was identical to the first with the world number 66 getting the break to take a 2-1 lead but faced a breakpoint when consolidating the break.

Again that one break was enough for him to serve out the match and book his spot in the next round. This is Pospisil’s first win since the month and after the match, he spoke about how the last couple of months have been for him.

“It was good I just took a break from the tour just to refresh the mind and the body and I hadn’t seen my family in nine months so it was a good reset and I felt I needed a break to kinda be excited about touring and the covid conditions and now I’m back and I am happy to be back and I am playing well so it was a nice break.”

Pospisil will now face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the next round after the Spaniard beat the Swede Mikael Ymer in straight sets 7-5, 6-1.

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Daniil Medvedev Searching For Confidence Boost Ahead Of Wimbledon

The two-time Grand Slam finalist says he is not the same player as he was two years ago when he last played Wimbledon.

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When it comes to playing on the grass this year Daniil Medvedev admits that the biggest issue for him might concern the mental side of the sport as opposed to the physical side.

 

The world No.2 kicked-off his grass swing last week in Halle where he was stunned in the first round by Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the Tour in 2020, that was the first time the Russian had played a match on the surface in almost two years. Short on matches, Medvedev is back in action this week in Mallorca after taking a wildcard into the tournament.

“I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play [on it] for two years. Two years ago, I was not the same player as I am right now,” Medvedev told atptour.com. “It is tough for me to say where I see myself, but I know I can play very good on this surface. I just need to find the right balance.”

Since he last played at Wimbledon, Medvedev surged on the ATP Tour by winning six titles with all of them being on a hardcourt. Furthermore, he also reached the final of the US Open in 2019 and the Australian Open this year. He is the first player outside of the Big Four to be ranked in the world’s top two since July 2005.

Despite his previous success on the grass, Medvedev admits he remains wary about playing on the surface and the conditions he may face.

“When I started playing on grass, I played in Challengers and even in [ATP] Tour tournaments on the outside courts, not on the central courts, and I can tell that the central courts are quite slow,” he said. “Especially the match I played with Gilles Simon at Queen’s [Club], we had rallies of 40 shots every second point. That is what makes it a little bit tougher.
“When I practise on practice courts, I feel like I am playing so good as the ball is so fast. Then I come onto the centre court to play the match, and the ball just stops after the bounce, and you have to adapt your game, so it can be tough. But I know I can play really well on grass.”

In Mallorca Medvedev has a bye in the first round. His opening match will be against either South Africa’s Lloyd Harris or France’s Corentin Moutet.

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